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Full tummy Mar 17, 2009 06:49 PM

So, I was watching Michael Smith's show, Chef at Home, and liked the looks of the "Monkey Bread". Had never heard of this before, but it's got all the ingredients of cinnamon buns and looked yummy!!!

Decided to try the recipe, and for sure there's something wrong with it as printed on the foodtv.ca website.

http://www.foodtv.ca/recipes/recipedetails.aspx?dishid=9527

There was no way that dough was coming off the sides of the mixer bowl, and I've done a bunch of fixes with more flour, yeast, etc. to finally get to a bread-like dough. It's rising now, and we'll see what my patch-up job yields...

In the meantime, I've checked the Internet for other recipes; so many of them use those Pillsbury rolls, and I don't want to... Found a recipe on Martha Stewart that looks promising:

http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/m...

But, just maybe some Chowhounder out there has a fabulous recipe to share... Please, please, please!!!

  1. Emmmily Jun 5, 2009 08:30 AM

    I had monkey bread for the first time recently at a local bakery. I'd never heard of it before, and when I asked what it was they told me they used leftover croissant dough, mixed with cinnamon & sugar and dipped in Belgian chocolate. Needless to say it was pretty spectacularly good, but looking at these recipes it seems like an untraditional version. Has anybody heard of croissant-dough monkey bread before?

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    1. re: Emmmily
      Full tummy Jun 5, 2009 10:41 AM

      Wow, that does sound yummy. Croissants are not generally considered easy for the home baker; certainly, I've never made them, so can't imagine going to the trouble of figuring that out for the recipe. But if you have a source for it, lucky you!!!!

      1. re: Emmmily
        HillJ Jun 5, 2009 03:24 PM

        We substitute croissant dough for biscuits as well and really enjoy the change. The dough is much flakier but the dough absorbs the brown sugar syrup much better as well.

        The last time we made monkey bread we sub'd homemade strawberry jam for the brown sugar/butter syrup and added crushed pistachio nuts with a tiny bit of lemon zest. Really yummy.

        1. re: HillJ
          Full tummy Jun 6, 2009 07:40 AM

          Do you make the dough yourself or purchase it?

          1. re: Full tummy
            HillJ Jun 6, 2009 07:46 AM

            Both, depending on my own timeframe. I can purchase proofed croissant dough from my fav bakery or use the recipe out of my bread book. From scratch, by my hand or a bakers works for me.

      2. Pia Jun 5, 2009 08:28 AM

        There's a place here that makes it with a baked cream cheese topping, like a little bit of cheese danish on top. I would imagine they use a cheesecake batter and just dollop a bit on top of each roll. It's a great addition.

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          cheleg Mar 31, 2009 02:17 PM

          Sorry, purists, but here's the version that's been used in our family for years. It's savory, makes a great bread for brunch or dinner. Quick, easy, and loved by everyone:

          2 cans biscuit dough, biscuits separated and cut in quarters (don't hate me for this shortcut)
          1 envelope Good Seasons Italian dressing, dry (again, please don't be a hater)
          1/2 stick butter (or more), diced large
          1 cup (or more) shredded cheddar cheese

          Use either a bundt pan, or a baking sheet. Don't make more than 2 layers, to ensure even baking. Spray bundt pan with non-stick spray, or line baking pan with parchment.
          Layer half of biscuit quarters, sprinkle with half of dry dressing, half of diced butter, half of cheese. Repeat layers. Convection bake @ 350º until golden, about 15 min. Transfer to serving platter, pull apart and enjoy!

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            RLTRLDY Jun 5, 2009 08:08 AM

            omg! paula deen's gorilla bread is the best! super easy, too!

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              DGresh Jun 5, 2009 08:22 AM

              Now I'm inspired. I use a shortcut for my sweet monkey bread (I use bridgeford frozen bread, cut up into small pieces). Now I'm envisioning using the same basic method (which is to dip in butter, then cinnamon sugar) but with olive oil and italian seasonings. Gotta give this a try.

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              RLTRLDY Mar 27, 2009 12:36 PM

              Try Paula Deen's recipe for Gorilla Bread. You can still make your own dough, but you've GOT to try it her way! I'm not allowed to attend Christmas morning without it!

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

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                winemd Mar 27, 2009 08:44 AM

                Leslie Mackie has a recipe in her Macrina cookbook. I have not tried the recipe but her monkey bread is delicious and everything else I have tried in the cookbook has turned out wonderfully - I highly recommend it.
                If you are not familiar, Macrina is a great Seattle bakery known for their breads, muffins and scones. Definitely worth a visit!

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                1. re: winemd
                  raygunclan Mar 27, 2009 09:11 AM

                  i have 3 daughters and we LOVE to cook together. a few weeks ago we made the recipe that came out a few months ago from cook's illustrated. we had such a ball making it and it was super yummy. i am certain that if i had made it alone we would have had more correct results with the finished product, but the time together in the kitchen was priceless!
                  beware though, this recipe rises at least twice so it isn't a quick bake.
                  good luck!

                  1. re: raygunclan
                    Full tummy Mar 27, 2009 11:41 AM

                    Thanks, rayguncian. I'll check if the recipe is available on their website.

                  2. re: winemd
                    Full tummy Mar 27, 2009 11:41 AM

                    Thanks! I'll try to see if I can find the recipe online.

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                    hummingbird Mar 17, 2009 07:51 PM

                    The one I make is an herb one from King Arthur::

                    But here a few others from there too:

                    http://search.kingarthurflour.com/?N=...

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                    1. re: hummingbird
                      Full tummy Mar 17, 2009 10:16 PM

                      Yummy!!! The Cinna-bites recipe looks like what I'm after. Will give it a try, too! Woohoo! Hubbie and I will be swinging from branches yet...

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                        sugarNspice Mar 17, 2009 11:16 PM

                        I've made this one several times. Fun and delicious to eat.

                        http://jas.familyfun.go.com/recipefin...

                      2. re: hummingbird
                        The Dairy Queen Mar 18, 2009 04:42 AM

                        Hey, I've never seen a savory monkey bread recipe! I might try that.

                        ~TDQ

                        1. re: The Dairy Queen
                          k
                          karykat Mar 27, 2009 08:51 AM

                          I'm intrigued by the herb one too. Wonder how it would be with grated parmesan added to the mix.

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                            The Dairy Queen Mar 27, 2009 11:13 AM

                            Great idea. How can you go wrong with parm cheese?

                            ~TDQ

                          2. re: The Dairy Queen
                            kubasd Mar 31, 2009 02:25 PM

                            herb monkey bread? i'm intrigued!!! I love monkey bread with a passion, but i'm definitely more a savory person, so it sounds like the best thing ever.

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                          masha Mar 17, 2009 07:18 PM

                          This one, for Nancy Reagan's recipe, was in the New York Times several years ago. I confess that I have never made it, but keep meaning to.

                          http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

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                          1. re: masha
                            Full tummy Mar 17, 2009 10:13 PM

                            Looks great! Thanks!!! Main difference is that it doesn't call for cinnamon, but surely I could modify if I need mine cinnamon-y. I'll give it a try!

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                              southeaststar Mar 29, 2009 08:38 PM

                              Nancy Reagan's Monkey Bread was the first recipe of this kind that I ever tried and while I've tried other recipes, hers is the best. It's soft and buttery and pulling them apart is the well ... the best part! (Aside from eating it of course!)

                            2. goodhealthgourmet Mar 17, 2009 07:07 PM

                              this should get you started:

                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/419258
                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/352951

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                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                Full tummy Mar 17, 2009 10:14 PM

                                Thanks for the links! I am trying to stay away from recipes that call for pre-made rolls or butterscotch pudding mixes. Maybe it's the purist in me...hahaha.

                                1. re: Full tummy
                                  goodhealthgourmet Mar 18, 2009 06:04 AM

                                  i have to confess, i didn't read all the details in the links...just scanned them & posted because i saw recipes [sheepish grin]. sorry!

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